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Man Fatally Shot by Police Investigating Domestic Violence in Fall River

The man's family has questions: "What happened to my nephew? Why is he dead?”

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A man is dead and two officers were taken to the hospital after a police shooting overnight in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Officers had been looking for 30-year-old Anthony Harden on Lowell Street after a woman reported a domestic violence incident that occurred on Saturday, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office said. The officers spoke with Harden at his home on Melville Street for a short time before a fight broke out.

An officer fired two shots and struck Harden, prosecutors said. He was rushed to St. Anne's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A man is dead and two officers were taken to the hospital after a police shooting overnight in Fall River, Massachusetts.

"Initial information indicates that a knife was present at the scene of the altercation," District Attorney Thomas Quinn said during a Monday night news conference. "Two officers, per protocol, were taken to the hospital. I believe at least one of them has been released, if not both."

Harden’s uncle, Don Mack, told NBC10 Boston that he had a GPS monitoring bracelet and was on home confinement, though he did not know why. He lived with his twin brother, who was also home at the time.

"Right now my family just wants some answers," Mack said. "What happened to my nephew? Why is he dead?”

NBC10 Boston has reached out to prosecutors about why Harden may have had a monitoring bracelet.

Court records show Harden had been charged with aggravated rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and endangering a child for an incident in November 2019. According to a police report, when officers arrived to arrest him, he held them off for several hours by threatening a family member and his own life.

Investigators were on scene of the shooting in Fall River until early Tuesday morning and were interviewing witnesses.

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